Publication Date

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master of Arts in TESOL)

First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Turpin


Recent scientific environmental data are pushing people throughout the world to recognize and take action on the dire circumstances that the human race and all other species are currently confronting. This paper explores the factors that can influence and potentially empower people to re-examine their place in the natural world, and to orient their behavior in a pro-environmental direction. The premise of this project is that the topic of the humans’ relationship to nature is relevant and particularly well suited for the culturally diverse audience that is found in the English as a Second Language classroom. By using tools like the KAFAR teacher practice and an adaptation of Pat Moran’s Five Dimensions of Culture framework, instructors can draw on cultural difference to elicit their students’ environmental activism as well as deepen their own and their students’ self-awareness and inter-cultural learning.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education